Too little too late as West fight back

Hopes of West making amends for the defeat by Preston Lodge last Saturday were dashed with strong defensive play by league leaders Dumfries who won 32-22.

Dumfries had the better of the first half, with West coming back in the second half, almost gaining a four try point.

West played a lot of the first half at the Dumfries end but continuously failed to breach the Dumfries defence. An early penalty to West saw Ross McAulay put the first point on the board but a charged down clearance kick and good handling gave Dumfries a quick response with a try under the posts by their No 10 Jordan Kerr. It was converted easily to go 7-3. A penalty kick 5 minutes later saw them increase that to 10-3.

Going forward West were playing well with several forays into the home 22m but they could not get the ball across the line despite creating a number of good opportunities. On the other hand the home side ventured into the West half three times and scored each time taking the half time score to 29-3.

With the wind at their back in the second half West had a much better game. Iain Henderson scored after five minutes of play from a number of drives on the home line with Blair Smith converting.

A penalty to West shortly after was put to touch and the forwards drove to the home line. Darren Allan came in at speed on the blindside to touch down in the corner.

Dumfries did manage one score, a penalty to take them to 32 points. The final score was West’s. After a number of drives on the home line, Scott Carmichael came through to score under the posts.

West: Stuart MacDonald, Ian Henderson, Andy Love, James Harley, Mark Jenkinson, Jamie MacAulay (c), Darren Allen, Graeme Carmichael, Alex Fisken, Ross MacAulay, Scott Cochrane, Andy Douglas, Blair Smith, Ross Carnegie, Leask Carnegie. Replacements: Scott Carmichael, Neil Fullerton, Angus Thomson, Billy Milligan.